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Salem offers fire, first responders service


September 11, 2012
By KEVIN HOWELL , Salem News

PERRY TOWNSHIP- Township trustees Monday night acknowledged a letter from Salem Mayor John Berlin regarding the city providing fire and first response service to the township, but chose not to take any action on the issue.

Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston read the letter which offered to provide service on a per capita basis. In the letter, Berlin noted that the Salem Fire Department would be able to provide a response time of approximately 3.5 to 4.5 minutes for fires and first response calls to the majority of township residents.

Trustee Chair Cliff Mix said this is the first time he can recall that the city has approached the township about providing fire and first response service. Currently the township has a mutual aid agreement with all surrounding departments.

Berlin wrote in the letter that the city responded to 1,400 calls in the township last year with an average response time of 3.5 minutes, noting that the majority of the township residents live within one mile of the city border. The ultimate goal, he said, is to provide the best possible service to residents and improve their safety.

In other news, Johnston told the trustees that the township is permitted to hold another tire drive before Nov. 15 and suggested coordinating it with leaf pick-up. The trustees did not schedule a date at the meeting.

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